Thursday, May 01, 2008

Cadcorp and Limehouse Software partnership

Digital mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) software developer Cadcorp and document creation, publishing and consultation solutions developer Limehouse Software have announced a technology partnership. It will enable the companies to cooperate to deliver GIS-enabled applications to address the collaboration, document creation and stake-holder engagement challenges faced by local authorities and private-sector organisations.

The creation of a formal partnership was driven by the fact that both companies share many local authority customers that have a need to combine the power of mapping capabilities and planning-related consultation activities. Cadcorp SIS – Spatial Information System desktop and GeognoSIS web-based digital mapping/GIS software is used by many local authorities to underpin their e-government initiatives in areas such as planning, building control and land charges, etc. while Limehouse Software’s ucreate and uengage solutions are widely used in the same areas to facilitate policy creation and publishing processes and to improve public consultation.

Under the partnership agreement, Cadcorp and Limehouse Software will work together to develop customised applications that provide a two-way link between Cadcorp’s digital mapping/GIS facilities and Limehouse Software’s solutions. As a result, users will be able to incorporate interactive maps into web-based documents relating to, for example, planning applications. This will enable interested parties, including consultants and other professionals, as well as citizens, to navigate between the documents and the maps and to add comments or to suggest changes.

“This provides our customers with considerably enhanced capabilities”, said Linsay Duncan, marketing director, Limehouse Software. “Not only does it enable an interactive, graphical view of planning applications within the planning documents, which will greatly help the consultation process, but it helps improve the accuracy of map-related representations.”

Mike O’Neil, managing director, Cadcorp, added, “Linking interactive maps to planning documents in this way and making the information available to all interested parties via the web for comment will help local authorities meet their obligations by enabling Citizen’s Panels to easily and effectively collaborate on planning applications during the consultation process.”

The technology partnership between the two companies takes effect immediately.

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